Sonoma State University -- September 19, 2003
Numbers Of Social Workers In North Bay Leads To Master's Program By
A potential crisis in the future of social workers at agencies in the
North Bay has prompted the offering of a Master's of Social Work from
San Jose State University on the Sonoma State University campus.
Thanks to efforts between SSU and San Jose State University, the part-time
degree program is being offered to 30 social workers in agencies in
Napa, Sonoma and other North Bay areas this fall on a one-time basis.
Projected staff shortages in Sonoma and other North Bay Counties motivated
a unique collaboration between two universities and North Bay County
The advanced degree will allow current social workers to continue their
education in light of a survey of the area that showed that within the
next five years, approximately 75 percent of the staff will be eligible
for retirement, leaving a major crisis in staffing.
The survey also showed there will be a problem recruiting qualified
individuals from out of the area, because of the high cost of living
in Sonoma County.
"Social workers play a vital role in public and private agencies
and are the front line workers dealing with child abuse, elder abuse,
people with mental and physical disabilities, and people coping with
severe medical and financial crises," says Elaine Leeder, Dean
of the School of Social Sciences at SSU.
Students will specialize in services to children, youth and families
or to people with physical and mental disabilities. They are officially
enrolled in the School of Social Work at San Jose State University,
but take classes on Saturdays at Sonoma State University. SJSU faculty
travel to SSU to teach the classes.
For further information, contact the persons listed below:
Elaine Leeder, Dean, School of Social Sciences, Sonoma State University.
(707)664-2112 or email@example.com
Dianne Edwards, Director, Sonoma County Human Services Department. She
insight into the problem regionally and has been extremely supportive
of the program. (707) 565-500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Ann Swanson, Chair of the Sonoma Unit of the National Association
of Social Workers and Manager of the Sonoma County Valley of the Moon
Children's Shelter. She has been a strong supporter of the need for
a local MSW program. (707)565-8394 or email@example.com
Jim Featherstone, Assistant Director of Napa County Department of Health
and Human Services. Very active in planning process. Wants to nominate
this university-county collaboration for an award. (707)253-4279 or
Madeleine Rose, Adjunct Faculty in Sociology at SSU and currently acting
as SSU site coordinator for SJSU/SSU Collaborative Part-Time Program
(707) 887-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media Contact: Jean Wasp, Media Relations, (707) 664-2057